Hurricane Irma: A Practically Impossible Storm

Photos: Pet Rescues in Harvey’s Wake

People evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017, in Houston. # Joe Raedle / Getty

As the floodwater continues to rise in southeastern Texas, residents have been trying to reach safety for days now—many of them bringing along their beloved furry companions. The dogs and cats of displaced flood victims are being cared for by owners, neighbors, and first responders across the region, finding medical attention and safety in shelters, and remaining close to their owners…


Hurricane Irma: A Practically Impossible Storm

Hurricane Harvey, which killed 60 people and may end up costing $150 billion, parked over Houston and dumped four feet of rain. The water overwhelmed the sprawling city’s flood control systems. Meteorologists and atmospheric scientists used up their superlatives describing the storm’s size and impact.

They should have saved some.

Hurricane Irma has become the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record, category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale—over 800 miles wide, roughly the size of Texas, sustained winds of over 185 miles per hour for more than 24 hours, gusts over 200 mph—and it has made landfall in the Caribbean. Irma’s storm track, the predicted line of its travel, projects its eye gliding north of the…


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